Archive: Jun 2016

Less SPF Active Ingredients Create a Better Product


Posted on June 24th, 2016, by Bell International Laboratories in Blog Post


When it comes to Sunscreens, it is common belief that using more SPF active ingredients creates a high SPF value in sunscreens. This is certainly true, but what if I told you that you can also achieve a high SPF value without using a high percentage of active ingredients? Our formulating chemists have achieved this, […]



The Power of R&D: Suncare with less actives


Posted on June 22nd, 2016, by Bell International Laboratories in Blog Post


When developing your natural or organic sunscreen, the common ingredients that are considered “actives” are very limited. In fact there are only two known SPF actives that are categorized as “natural,” Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. Both of these ingredients are acceptable to use when achieving the label “natural” or “organic.” However, there are a […]



SPF supporters


Posted on June 14th, 2016, by Bell International Laboratories in Blog Post


Many of the ingredients in a sunscreen formula work synergistically to support the SPF value of the product. The combination of oils, coatings on mineral actives, anti-oxidants and the SPF supporters listed below are used to create formulas with the desired SPF value and low levels of active ingredients. The FDA always wants drug manufacturers […]



Conversation with the CEO: Less Actives, More SPF


Posted on June 10th, 2016, by Bell International Laboratories in Blog Post


We sat down with Bell’s CEO, Mo Saremi to talk about natural SPF boosters. INSIDE BELL: Sun care products are listed as an Over-The-Counter (OTC) Drug by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), correct? MO SAREMI: Yes, as they define it, sun care products fall under the definition of an OTC Drug.  When you plan […]